Below you will find some kitchen tea ideas and suggestions for kitchen shower gifts that will be personable and will be treasured by the couple for years to come.
Aside from the main bridal shower, it is common for the bride and groom's family and/or bridesmaids to host a kitchen tea party. This tea party is intended to make sure the couple is set up with all the little things that often get overlooked at the main bridal shower.
A kitchen tea bridal shower is usually hosted by the bride and grooms family, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, or a combination of all three, who organize the invitations, games, food, and so on.
Because a kitchen tea is more intimate with a bride's closest family and/or friends, it is limited by it's nature in size.
Some examples of situations that are perfect for such a tea are:
These groups can all host a tea for the bride in addition to the main bridal shower. It is a special one for their group to show the bride how much they wish her well and can be done at one of your regular meetings very simply.
The following Kitchen tea ideas can be used as themes, or just as shower gift suggestions if any one asks you for unique ideas of what to get the couple.
Yes, most recipes are found online now-a-days, but a special collection from friends and family will always be treasured.
Buy a blank recipe binder, or make one up yourself with decorative paper and send/give a sheet to each invited guest. Ask each guest to compile their family's favorite menu or recipes for different types of meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner... also special occasions like Christmas, Easter, New Years... Ask them to also personalize it with notes of special traditions and or different ways of presentation.
Ask all guests to bring a small gift that starts with the letter of the bride and groom's names: i.e. if the bride’s name starts with ‘s’, people can bring salad servers, spoons, salt and pepper shakers, etc.
Hint: Use first middle and last name initials for a larger variety of items.
Ask all the guests to bring a book. This is a gift that people can either go very small with or very big – books range in price from $5 to $100+! Cookbooks, home making, handyman projects or home decorating books would be very suitable.
A nice idea for kitchen teas where people do not want to spend a lot of money and if the bride loves to bake. Ask each guest to bring a cute cookie cutter or other baking gadget which the bride(or groom) can use to create great culinary wonders!
Ask each guest to buy a charm that represents a part of their lives that involves the bride-to-be. This will be a very unique item that she will treasure for years to come. Have each guest while giving it to the bride, explain the connection. Stories can be noted in a little remembrance book to also give with the charm bracelet/necklace.
Each guest brings one or two gourmet grocery items, such as fancy sauces, olive oil, artisan bread mixes, or even wine. Place all items in a large basket to send home with the bride.
This makes a great winter shower for a bride who can’t get enough of the holiday season. Guests are asked to bring an ornament for the couple's first Christmas tree. Symbolic ones representing your friendship and/or special events in your lives will be treasured for years to come. This is a great bridal shower for couples so all can enjoy and the bride and groom will hear first hand all the stories connected to each one.
Don't be shy about hostessing this one any time of the year! We all love Christmas, and the couple will always have a 'first Christmas' no matter what time of year they get married!
A handy idea for the bride - decorate index cards and an index card box. Ask each guest to write down a marriage tip or household hint on a card. Make appropriate tabs,like: 'kitchen', 'laundry room', 'bathroom'...Also include other tips fro things like: 'clutter free', 'Recipe Flops and Fixes', 'Stain removal'... The ideas can go on and on!
Kitchen tea ideas is just the beginning! Think back on the gifts you have received over the years and you will see the ones that have been the most cherished are the ones that weren't necessarily the most expensive, but the most thoughtful. Let this be a guide to you and also to help spur other ideas you can expound upon.
Feel free to share these free shower gift suggestions and kitchen tea ideas with your friends and family.